The Mountek Universal CD Slot Car Mount puts your smartphone (or GPS) right where you need it, and away from your vents and windshield.
If you have a smartphone and drive a car, chances are you tried to use both together at some point, to varying degrees of success. This shouldn’t be a problem any more with the Mountek MT5000-C car mount ($19.95 + shipping from Amazon). It slides into the CD slot of your car and positions your phone in an ideal position, just above your audio deck and within arm’s reach at all times. See after the break for the full review.
Design and build quality
The Mountek definitely has a solid feel to it. It’s a combination of thick plastic, possibly some metal elements and rubberized “fins” that clamp into your CD slot. The portion that clamps your phone also feels well-built, allowing you to securely clamp your phone against the foam pads, regardless of size, and with an easy-to-reach release button on top. The real genius of design comes from the clamping mechanism. Out of the 4 rubberized protrusions that slide into your CD slot, the two inside ones are pushed upwards by turning the knob on the bottom clockwise, pushing the outer fins downwards. Finally, there is a partial ball-style mount that connects the CD clamp with the phone clamp section, allowing you to angle your phone slightly in any direction, or rotate it to any angle.
I’ve tried several car mounts in the past, from the official Samsung windshield mount (suction cup, phone cannot be used with case), to the Arkon MG001 (fits into a standard Garmin mount), to vent mounts (completely block airflow). I end up just dropping it in the cup holder, which is a quick but poor substitute. The Mountek on the other hand, is far above the rest – I quickly got used to popping it in every time I was behind the wheel, and could load tunes over bluetooth within seconds. I tried it in 3 different cars (Mazda Protege 5, Honda CRV, and Lexus IS300), and in all of them it clamped securely without any issues. However, the Lexus had climate controls above the CD player that created significant ergonomic issues, so I wouldn’t recommend it in that case.
- Phone is positioned closer to driver than suction, vent, or beanbag mount
- Does not block windshield, vent, or cup holder
- Phone can be used in protective case
- Horizontal or vertical orientation
- Quick-release clamp makes it very quick to insert and remove
- Screw position (for clamping into CD slot) blocks a small portion of the display, more or less depending on make and model of car or deck
- If CD slot is below display or climate controls, mount will block large portion of the display and possibly restrict access to other controls (UPDATE: Can be mounted upside-down, if there is nothing to block below the CD slot).
- Must remove mount to access audio CDs
The mount is also extremely flexible, allowing even my 5″ Garmin 1450 to fit securely in the holder. You can also remove the plastic rest at the bottom if you want (the piece has a hole in the center for a power cord, but may block the 3.5mm jack if you use it). However, I found it aided in allowing me to quickly clamp my phone in, as well as leaving the power and volume buttons in a good position clear of the side clamps.
The Mountek MT5000-C is an ideal option for those who need their phone accessible in the car, and doubles as a full-size GPS holder as well. Build quality is excellent, and although it occupies the CD slot, this means that the phone is always at arm’s reach and vents, cup holders, and windshields remain uncluttered. It’s extremely quick to insert and remove your devices, meaning that it’s easy to become your daily smartphone driver – heavy radio or bluetooth listeners will no doubt be happy to give up their CD slot for the added convenience of the Mountek.
The Mountek is currently available from Amazon for $19.95 + S&H.